Sometimes there just isn't a lot of time to do trekking in the mountains. Sometimes, you may just want to do a pleasant, family trek that will bring you close to the mountains for some awesome views. If this fits your plans, then the Ghandruk Circuit Family Lodge Trek!
This ten day experience includes only five days of actual trekking. The rest of the time is sightseeing in Nepal, with an excellent opportunity to acquire a taste of what this country has to offer in a short period of time. Ghandruk is a stone village and home of the mighty Gurung people who have filled the ranks of the famous Gurkha soldiers over the centuries. There are rhododendron forests to walk through, and incredible vistas that overlook all of the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains.
But along the way, you’ll get a chance to enjoy the culture of both Kathmandu and the incredibly beautiful lakeside mountain city of Pokhara. This trip takes you over stone steps that have been laid by the local people in the mountains in order to make their "highway" more easily passable. There are no roads to Ghandruk, so everything comes to the village by either foot or donkey.
Some of the mountain views include the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Hiun Chuli (6,441 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m) and Gandarba Chuli (6,246 m.) But along the way are great waterfalls, canyons, rhododendron and pine forests as well as local culture and villages.
This is a moderate grade trek, ideal for people of all abilities. Don't worry about taking children or if you move kind of slow – this is the perfect trek for you to do so.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu – transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – Sightseeing Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 – Flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 4 – Drive from Pokhara to Rimche via Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (elev. 940 m. Trekking time 2 -3 hours)
Day 5 – Trek to Chhumrong (elev. 2,170 m) Trekking time: 4 – 5 hours.
Day 6 – Trek to Landruk (elev. 1,565 m) Trekking time 5 – 6 hours
Day 7 – Trek to Dhampus (elev. 1,650 m) 5 – 6 hours
Day 8 – Trek to Phedi, Drive back to Pokhara. Trekking time – 2 – 3 hours.)
Day 9 – Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 10 – After breakfast, depart from Kathmandu to your next destination
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted toyour hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Your day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.
DAY 3 – Pokhara: It's a short flight (just 35 minutes) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but what a view! This flight literally flies the backbone of the mighty Himalayas as you look down at the snowcapped peaks. You will see the ranges of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and finally the peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Once you land, you will check into your hotel and then be able to do some sightseeing around Pokhara. The city is beautiful, as it is located on the shores of a mountain lake. There's plenty to see and do in Pokhara.
DAY 4 – Ghandruk: This is the first day of trekking. Your journey will take you by private vehicle to your starting point at the village of Rimche via Nayapul. Pokhara is 820 m above sea level, and your day will take you upward to the village of Ghandruk at 1940 meters. It is about a 2 – 3 hour trek to this historic village. It is home of the Gurung people, and the village has a wonderful view of the snowcapped peaks. The Gurung people are famous for their hospitality and they will welcome you like family. While in Ghandruk, there will be time to visit the local museum to learn more about the local culture as well as to visit an ancient Buddhist monastery that serves as the spiritual center of the people of this village.
DAY 5 – Trek to Chhumrong: This day will be a full day of trekking as you leave the picturesque village of Ghandruk and make your way to your next destination: Chhumrong Village. Situated at 2,170 m, this will be the highest point on your trek. There are several small villages along the way with water mills that you will pass by as you continue to get glimpses of the mighty snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Once you pass through the village of Kimrung Khola, you will descend down the mountain through forest of oak trees until reaching the river, crossing on a suspension bridge. The trail levels out as you now trek to another Gurung village: Chhumrong. This village offers some incredible views of the snowcapped peaks which will be a delight to see.
DAY 6 – Trek to Landruk: The morning leaves the picturesque village of Chhumrong and moves its way down a steep trail for about 1 ½ hours until you reach the hot springs at Jhinu Danda. Here we can stop and bathe in these wonderfully hot waters. We will follow the stream out along the trail, taking about an hour to reach New Bridge. Here enjoy a pleasant lunch before moving on and crossing the Modi Khola, then passing waterfalls and several hanging bridges until arrival and Landruk Village. This area is known for its wild honey and you will spot a number of active, hanging bee hives in the rock walls. We will overnight in a lodge at Landruk (elev. 1565 m)
DAY 7 – Trek to Dhampus: This is the final day of trekking as we make our way to the Gurung village of Dhampus. This village offers some wonderful views of the mountains. Here you can sit and take tea on a stone plaza while overlooking the mountains. The view from the village is most inspiring, and you won't want to leave. The trail from Landruk zigzags down the mountain where you will have lunch at the village of Deurali. From there, it is stone steps as you continue onto today's destination: Dhampus. We will overnight in a lodge there. The elevation of Dhampus is 1650 m. Trekking time is 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to Phedi, then on to Pokhara: It is an easy trek from Dhampus to the village of Phedi where we will meet our vehicle for a short drive back to Pokhara. The trek is stone steps and makes for an easy day. It takes around two hours to make the downhill trek before returning to Pokhara where we will spend the night. There will be time to do a little sightseeing in the evening, or just enjoying the nightlife in Lakeside Location at Pokhara.
DAY 9 – Fly to Kathmandu: It's a return flight to Kathmandu, following the backbone of the mighty Himalayas. The flight is short, between 25 and 35 minutes when you finally arrive in Kathmandu. Use the rest of the day to enjoy the Valley. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening where you will get a chance to enjoy local dancing, food and culture.
DAY 10 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
For the Ghandruk Circuit Family Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Ghandruk Circuit Family Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay at a Three Star Hotel for three nights and two nights in Pokhara. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend four nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.
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